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The Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative National Bat Health Report - 2021

Updated: Mar 11, 2022

The Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC) has released a report characterizing some of the major threats impacting bat species present in Canada.


The organization utilized data from the CWHC Wildlife Health Information Platform national database and British Columbia Animal Health Centre database from the past five years to provide more information on how threats contribute to the mortality of Canadian bats.


The report's executive summary is provided below. You can view the full report on the CWHC's main page, or directly via this link.



The Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative National Bat Health Report – 2021

By Jordi Segers, Scott McBurney, Megan Jones, and Patrick Zimmer

August 2021

Executive summary

It has become increasingly important in Canada to understand and manage bat populations through a holistic bat health approach. Bats are widely distributed throughout most of Canada, and dead and diseased individuals function as proxies for population and ecosystem health. The goal of this report is to synthesize the scanning and targeted surveillance data maintained in the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC) Wildlife Health Information Platform (WHIP) database and the British Columbia Animal Health Centre database for bat species received by the CWHC nationally over the past five years to provide situational awareness about the causes of mortality affecting Canadian bats. This report does not take into account data from outside organisations. As such,